There were lies told to parents, a car with five seats carrying eight teens, and an unlicensed driver. The car was speeding. No seat belts were used, the Associated Press reports. If parents of teenagers need a real-life cautionary tale to sum up all their warnings and fears, surely the crash of a stolen car in Warren, Ohio that killed six teenagers is it.

“You heard about that story?” Daniel Flannery, an Ohio father of three teens, asked his kids as news of the tragedy filtered out. “This could happen to you. It’s horrible. These kids are not coming home. I don’t want you to be that person.”

Mario Almonte of Queens, N.Y., said he and his wife talked to their teenage son — who’s on the verge of getting his driver’s license — about it, too. “We pointed to this tragedy and mentioned that he shouldn’t think something like this can never happen to him,” said Almonte. “Sometimes it just takes one bad decision to end in tragedy.”

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